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Indiana Fiscal Office Merges With Another

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July 31, 2013 — TheStatehouseFile.com

INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Mike Pence signed an executive order Tuesday that transforms the existing Office of Federal Grants and Procurement into the Office of State-Based Initiatives.

He also named David Johnson, who currently serves as a staff attorney at the Indiana Gaming Commission, as the executive director of the agency.

“I look forward to working closely with him in the years ahead as we work to promote Hoosier solutions to federal problems here in Indiana,” Pence said.

As part of Pence’s “Hoosier Solutions Week,” Pence is meeting with residents across the state to find ideas for what he says are problems caused by the federal government.

In 2012, the federal government collected $51.2 billion from Hoosier taxpayers and businesses. This year, 49 state departments and agencies will receive almost 20 percent of that money in the form of federal grants, stipends and programs that often come with costly and strict mandates and regulations.

Pence said Hoosiers are the key to release Indiana from the federal mandates that undermine state sovereignty and hinder economic growth.

“With the assistance of the Office of State-Based Initiatives, Indiana will work to untangle itself from burdensome federal policies, seek to increase state innovation and ultimately strive to persuade the federal government to return to the principles of federalism,” Pence said.

 

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